THE WITKIN CUP — Saturday, May 26, 1:00 pm – This race will kick off the season. We’ll start at Camp Runoia with Commodore Ben Ford and Principal Race Officer Peter McManus’s bathtub-boat talk to review racing rules and pointers.
Cookout Coordinator: Pam Cobb Heuberger
- June 2
- June 9
THE RASTA RAFTUP — Saturday, June 16, 1:00 pm — Join us at John and Lynn Gibbs’s Island Paradise for the second big regatta of the year.
We’ll meet at “Tiki Cove” on the northwestern side of Hoyt’s Island. From there, we’ll embark on a journey around the buoys (or islands as the PRO chooses), then come back to Tiki Cove to get our Rasta on!
Cookout Coordinator: John Gibbs
- June 23
- June 30
- July 7
- July 14
THE MILFOIL REGATTA — Saturday, July 21, 1:00 pm – Join us at Ben and Barb Ford’s dock for the third big regatta of the year. Meet at noon for a 1:00 race start. D.B.Y.O.W (“Don’t Bring Your Own Weed.”)
Cookout Coordinator: Sheldon “Capt. Weenie” Perkins
- July 28
- August 4
- August 11
- August 18
THE HURRICANE CUP — Saturday, August 25 — Our final race for the season — don’t blow this one off! Meet at Witkin’s beach on the south end of Hoyt Island at 1:00 pm for a 2:00 pm start.
“BEER CAN” RACING — Every Saturday (when there’s no formal race); 1:00 pm sharp.
Beer can racing is casual, non-scored racing that, in most yacht clubs, happens on a week night; but, because most GPYC members are here on weekends, we hold them on Saturdays whenever formal races are not scheduled.
They’re called “beer can” races, because they’re so casual, you’re supposed to be able to race with a can of beer in your hand.
While formal race events are open only to members, these informal races are open to members as well as anyone who might want to check out the GPYC scene.
Boats meet at the rock ledge north of Oak Island, in the middle of the lake, in time to be ready for a 1:00 PM start.
Unlike formal races, these are not planned, organized, or led by a committee boat. The course on race day uses permanent landmarks, such as islands or rocks, as buoys and is determined by the racers upon arrival depending on wind conditions.
Sailors interested in participating can call or email around to other members and the commodore to see if anyone is going out, but we encourage you to just show up; if nobody else is there to race, the worst-case scenario is that you’re in the middle of a lake in a sailboat — not a bad life up here on Great Pond!
If Weather Is Questionable for Any Formal Race:
- We’ll look into a way to send club members text messages about race status; so, if you plan to race, let us know by email, and make sure we have your cell phone number.
- Otherwise, on race day, call 495-2228 after 12:00 noon for a “go” or “no go” announcement (decision may be last-minute, so wait until after noon to call).
- All rain dates for event races will be the following Saturday (pre-empting beer can races).
We always welcome volunteers to staff the committee boat; please let us know if you’re interested (training is available, and it’s an easy way to participate).